CS Kagwe visits Muranga county to assess COVID-19 preparedness Muranga July 17, 2020

The Cabinet Secretary for Health Senator Mutahi Kagwe was today in Muranga County to assess the county’s preparedness in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
The CS who was received by the county leadership led by Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, and Muranga Woman Representative Sabina Chege, commended the county for heeding the President directive by setting up 349 isolation beds and 35 ICU beds, in various health facilities across the county.
“This is quite a commendable job, considering that at the time of the Presidential directive, the County had only a bed capacity of 96,” he noted.
The CS announced that 389 people have tested positive for coronvirus disease from a sample size of 3,545 tested today, bringing to 12,062 the number of positive cases in the country, from 233,641 cumulative tests so far carried out.
He advised the residents to observe the measures the government has put in place such as wearing of masks and social distancing to stop the various from spreading in the county.
In partnership with KMTC, the County of Muranga has set up an isolation centre to cater for Covid-19 cases. It has also formed a County Response Committee, surveillance teams in all the 7 Sub-Counties, and rolled out a sensitization programme, on guidelines and protocols for managing and containing of this virus.
During the tour the CS presided over the opening of Kiriaini Mission Hospital Outpatient Block and commended the hospital leadership led by Bishop James Wainaina of the Diocese of Murang’a, for ushering in a new era of service delivery, to the local community, both in the immediate future and in the years to come.
“This will ensure reachable, efficient and faster service delivery, to the residents of Kiriaini and its environs,” he noted  and added that the facility comes at a time when the Government is implementing His Excellency the President’s Big 4 Agenda, which includes, accelerating progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as a means of realizing the “Right to Health” as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya.